Chimney Bristol Services By Turner Baker
Turner Baker Chimney Bristol Services
Turner Baker are a family owned company specialising in the construction and repair of new and existing chimneys and flues; dealing with all problems from the hearth up to the chimney pot. We have experience of working on all different kinds of properties from cottages to castles; finding solutions for open fires, stoves and boilers. Our services include inspection of chimneys and flues with detailed reports; consultation on all aspects of fireplace, chimney Bristol and flue design as well as installation and repair work carried out by our team of trained Chimney Bristol Technicians.
One of the services that we offer is a chimney inspection, reviewing the structure and soundness of your chimney Bristol and flue to guarantee that it is safe to use.
When you use your open fire, wood burner, gas appliance or boiler you want to do so safe in the knowledge that any fumes produced can escape up the flue without any risk of carbon monoxide poisoning or a dangerous chimney fire.
A flue is a hidden part of your property which can pose various risks to your safety.
A chimney survey can give you a detailed understanding of the condition and is very useful in the following scenarios:
- In older properties when looking at reinstating a flue that hasn’t been used for a long time
- When purchasing a new property to check if flues are safe to use in their existing condition
- Following a devastating chimney fire to find out if there has been any damage to the flue
- To plot the course of a flue in an older property
- To provide evidence to Insurance Companies on the condition of the flue
The Inspections that we offer
- A CCTV survey will give detailed information on the condition of the inside of your flue. What it won’t tell you is how well your flue works. To establish this, there are two different smoke tests available.
- A Dynamic smoke test – checks the draw of an appliance or open fire. In other words, when the fire is lit, a dynamic smoke test is designed to establish if the smoke escapes up the flue efficiently or if it fills the room with smoke. This is the test that most chimney sweeps will offer to undertake.
- A Static smoke test – checks the integrity flue. When an appliance is used or a fire is lit, does smoke leak from the flue into other areas of the property.
As well as chimney Bristol inspections, we also offer a consultancy and chimney design service that is popular with Architects and Building companies.
We can work closely with clients, architects and engineers to ensure that any flue is suitable and safe for the desired application. We can provide a full design service using CAD software, specifying flue size and materials, and then either supply materials where required or undertake the full installation.
Installation and Chimney Bristol Repair Work
Turner Baker has a team of Chimney Technicians who are trained in all aspects of chimney and flue work including installation of new systems and repair of old ones.
One of our most popular services, is chimney lining and we have several systems available to suit all kinds of chimney and flue. Below are 3 examples of the liners that we supply and fit:
A relative newcomer to the market is the Furanflex thermosetting resin lining system. In laymen’s terms this refers to a liner that is supplied as a soft malleable material which can be inserted into a chimney and which is then steamed or ‘cured’ into a hardened structure that is resistant to heat and high temperatures.
The Furanflex liner was introduced to the UK in 2010 following a rigorous testing programme to ensure that the product met UK standards. The product has been certified by BBA (British Board of Agreement see website here www.bbacerts.co.uk).
There are many benefits to using a Furanflex lining system. Firstly, the product is installed as a flexible tube. For properties with chimneys that have bends in them – and this is certainly the case for a lot of older properties – this is a great benefit.
The liner can be installed freestanding and it can mould to take the existing shape of the chimney which maximises the cross-sectional area of the flue. Various other lining systems are a set shape and may reduce the size of the flue which in turn affects performance.
Additionally, the Furanflex liner doesn’t adhere itself to the chimney and can therefore be removed if necessary. This makes it an ideal option for heritage properties with listing restrictions which won’t allow for permanent changes to the structure.
The Furanflex lining system is guaranteed for 25 years. In the event of a dreaded chimney fire – systems such as stainless steel will need to be replaced before a flue can be used again. The Furanflex system is able to withstand very high temperatures – and in theory should be able to withstand a chimney fire. However, any flue that has suffered from a chimney fire should always be inspected along its length prior to being reused.
Stainless steel flue liners
The entry point into chimney and flue linings is stainless steel.
They can be available in either a flexible format (to accommodate bends in the chimney or flue) or as a rigid piece. Flexible stainless steel liners are supplied as one long piece whereas rigid stainless steel is supplied in sections which are slotted together.
Flexible stainless steel flue liners are available from us for either multi fuel stoves or for gas and oil appliances.
Pumice Flue Liners
Isokern Flue Pumice is a natural insulator. This is the unique property that separates pumice from all other chimney Bristol materials.
The insulating properties of Pumice allow the flue gases in the chimney to quickly reach their optimum temperature enabling the heating appliance to reach its optimum performance shortly after lighting.
It also keeps the chimney warmer longer as the heat output of the appliance decreases – once again aiding performance and reducing the likelihood of condensation and soot build-up.
We aren’t just about lining flues, we also deal with damp, structural issues, fireplaces and hearths, cowls, chimney pots and chimney fans.
Turner Baker is a certified supplier and installer of the Exodraft range of chimney fans. These can be used to improve the draw in existing installations where an open fire or appliance spills smoke into a room, or as part of a new installation where a tall flue is either not possible either due to design or cost limitations.
If you would like more information on any of the services that we provide, please go to our website www.turnerbaker.co.uk or contact our team on 01432 839123